Thistle Oil Field

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Summary Information

  • Operator: EnQuest
  • Country: UK
  • Location: northeast of the Shetland Islands
  • Production start: 1978
  • Partners:
  • Type: Oil / Gas
  • Estimated Reserves:
  • Production Volume:


  • The Thistle Alpha installation is located approximately 523 km (325 miles) north north east of Aberdeen and comprises a steel jacket supporting a 3 deck platform, accommodation and helideck.
  • It is a fixed installation, which consists of a 60-slot drilling and production platform.
  • The West Don Oil Field and Don Southwest Oil Field are subsea tie backs to the Thistle platform
  • Oil is transported via the Brent System Oil Pipeline and Sullom Voe Terminal


  • Graythorp Dry Dock, Teesside: Thistle Alpha platform construction
  • Emtunga: Thistle A - Living quarters
  • Motherwell Bridge: Platform construction
  • FoundOcean: Grouting
    • Thistle A
    • Single Anchor Leg Mooring (SALM)
  • Petrofac: Engineering and construction support services


  • 1978 - Government approval granted for development
  • 1978 - First oil produced
  • 1982 - Peak oil production of 125,000 bopd
  • 2002 - DNO acquires majority stake from BP and Conoco and assumes operatorship
  • 2003 - Lundin Petroleum agrees to acquire DNO's UK assets
  • 2004 - Petrofac awarded engineering and construction support services contract
  • 2007 - An extensive investment programme to extend the life of the Thistle Field and the Thistle facilities was commenced
  • 2007 - Fire on Thistle Alpha
  • 2008 - Lundin Petroleum recommences production following the fire
  • 2008 - Transportation agreement for the Dons developments
  • 2010 - Thistle installation receives first oil through pipeline from the Don development



  1. Emtunga Offshore Platform References
  2. DNO to consider Operatorship of Thistle
  3. DNO Finalises Arrangements To Operate Thistle
  4. Petrofac Wins Engineering & Construction Contract
  5. Incident on the Thistle Alpha platform
  6. Thistle field to provide trasportation Southwest and West Don
  7. Lundin Petroleum recommences production on Thistle
  8. Lundin Petroleum receives first oil onto Thistle installation through pipeline from the Don development
  9. EnQuest places North Sea IRM project with Hallin
  10. Oil & Gas UK Welcomes EnQuest's £169 million Investment in Thistle

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